Chicks & types

What could be more exciting than receiving a mystery package from overseas? Well, I was lucky enough to find one in my mailbox this week, all the way from Florence, Italy…

What could be more exciting than receiving a mystery package from overseas? Well, I was lucky enough to find one in my mailbox this week, all the way from Florence, Italy.

Designer and illustrator Simone Massoni sent me a copy of his latest project – this very cool A-frame 2012 calendar entitled Chicks & Types.

Chicks & Types

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Trent Walton pushes the boundaries of web type

I like Trent Walton’s blog. He is clearly a thinker, but more importantly, he is also a doer. Based in Texas, Trent designs a unique look for each of his blog posts and demonstrates the exciting possibilities of what can be achieved in web typography through a combination of CSS and Javascript. And yes, of course the layout is responsive!

Here are some screen shots of his latest entries, but to experience all the little surprise details first hand you will have to go to trentwalton.com and snoop around. For the richest experience, use a Webkit based browser like Chrome or Safari.

Trent Walton

Trent Walton

Trent Walton

Trent Walton

As an aside, take a look at the cool folding effect Russ Maschmeyer put together on Typekit based on the above post.

Trent Walton

For more of Trent Walton’s work, take a look at his web design agency Paravel. Besides client projects, they create some awesome and useful Javascript tools for web typography like Lettering.js for down-to-the-letter control and Fittext.js for scalable headlines that fill the width of a parent element.

Traditional sign painting

You remember those hand painted signs from the good old days when quality was still non-negotiable and honest men made a living from the skill of their hands and the sweat of their brow? Well, before you get too nostalgic, here’s some good news: sign painting is alive and well thanks to a handful of diehards who refuse to let the traditional ways fade away.

One such man is Dan Madsen from Minneapolis, Minnesota who practices his craft under the moniker Dusty Signs. He is the third generation sign painter in his family. According to Xheight LA, it all started when Dan inherited his grandfather’s collection of drawings and photographs, and his great grandfather’s sign painting books. He went on to receive training in his home town as well as in California by influential sign painters such as, Derek McDonald and Tina Vines.

Take a look at this short video of Dan doing his thing:

If you can’t see the video, click here to view it on Vimeo.

Here are a few more examples from the portfolio of Dusty Signs:

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

Traditional Sign Painting by Dan Madsen

See more on Flickr.

In related news, a documentary called The Sign Painter Movie is currently in production.

Directors Faythe Levine & Sam Macon are traveling around the United States to gather stories from the American Sign Painter. We are interviewing those who have and still continue to work in the industry and have shaped the way our urban landscape looks with their hand lettering and painting skills on walls, windows, cars, building, menus, etc. around us.

I look forward to seeing this film when it gets released, but I think focusing on the USA alone will offer a limited window on the subject. Although sign painting is somewhat of a novelty in advanced countries, it is still the standard in many developing parts of the world, so comparing approaches to this craft across vastly different economical environments could be even more fascinating! Maybe part two?

Type is the new tuna

Inspired by the way metal type can be packed together in tight formations, Pavel Kulinsky decided to put 3D typographic characters in a can. Why? Well, why the heck not!

I think Russian designer Pavel Kulinsky is onto something with these wonderfully colourful TypoCans.

A designer of Moscow department store window displays by day, he started playing with typographic compositions in his spare time, just for fun and to improve his skills. Inspired by the way metal type (used in letterpress printing) can be packed together in tight formations, the idea emerged to put 3D typographic characters in a can. Why? Well, why the heck not!

Kulinsky says this is not a commercial project, but if he ever decides to make them available I would definitely buy a can or two. Just to stock up, you know.

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Pavel Kulinsky's TypoCans

Two nice display fonts by Leon Sloth

I just came across these fonts designed by Leon Sloth (cool name!) from Copenhagen, Denmark…

I just came across these fonts designed by Leon Sloth (cool name!) from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Paten – a headline font:

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Antiwar – a stencil font including a few alternate characters:

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Font designed by Leon Sloth

I always enjoy seeing some behind-the-scenes process pictures:

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Font designed by Leon Sloth

Unfortunately I didn’t find any info on whether these have been released and are available. See more of Leon’s work on Behance.

Like Minded Studio

Like Minded Studio was founded in 2002 by Luca Ionescu from Sydney, Australia. Their mammoth portfolio includes some impressive typographic work ranging from strikingly simple to ridiculously ornate…

Like Minded Studio was founded in 2002 by Luca Ionescu from Sydney, Australia. Their mammoth portfolio includes some impressive typographic work ranging from strikingly simple to ridiculously ornate, 3D and motion graphics. It’s probably a personal preference, but the designs that stand out most to me are the monochrome / duotone pieces.

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

The typographic work of Like Minded Studio

Luca Ionescu designed the type for this AMP (an Australian financial corporation) commercial:

Take a look at Like Minded Studio’s website, Behance and Flickr galleries for more.